Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Just a Walk in the Desert

Yup…went for a walk in the desert today, looking for lizards and such.  Had a fantastic day walking around with fellow members of the Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club.  Saw loads of lizards, and even a “lifer”…

Barred Spiny Lizard-Sceloperus magister transversus

Northern Desert Horned--Phrynosoma platyrhinos platyrhinos

Common Sideblotch--Uta stansburiana

Mating pair of Zebratails--Callisaurus dracoinides

And for the find of the day, a lifer for me…

View from Above

Red Coachwhip--Masticophis flagellum piceus

I’ve seen 2 others of this snake in the wild and alive.  One of those was early this morning.  I never got my hands or my camera on either of those.  This one was sprawled out basking on a dirt road after the club trip officially ended.  I “suffered” a dozen or more bites, but it was WELL worth it for this gorgeous snake.

Thanks for looking!

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2 responses

  1. thanks for your response to my water moccasin entry on the site.

    The photo is a water moccasin and refer to this site to better inform you. The bands tell the tale. They are black and also the younger brownish.

    http://www.coastalplainsreptiles.com/articles/Everyone/ReallyMoccasin.html

    I love your nature work and thank you for your reply.

    Rick

    Rick Turner

    May 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    • Hi Rick. The snake in your photo is lacking heat-sensitive pits, located behind and below the nostrils on all North American pit vipers.

      I was wrong in my assumption of Nerodia sipeodon, but your snake very much looks like a Diamondback Watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer, which is very common throughout Texas.

      May 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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